Nina Altagrace Skagerlind, 2014, Sweden

Why did you choose Fletcher? I have been interested in Fletcher since I explored undergraduate schools in the U.S., so Fletcher naturally topped my list when I began considering graduate schools. The Fletcher community's warm and cooperative atmosphere drew me in. I wanted to be part of a community of scholars and practitioners who are passionate about what they do and are eager to share, and Fletcher provides just that. Professors and peers constantly challenge me to re-think what I know, and I have found a student body that is interested in understanding the intricacies of problems in international development. The discussions inside and outside of class are eye-opening and stimulating because so many cultures, backgrounds, and experiences are represented in each conversation. I appreciate the fact that students are not afraid to discuss the complex, and sometimes uncomfortable topics, in international development, or to challenge the concepts they study. The people at Fletcher really make the difference. Academically, the flexible curriculum has allowed me to explore various aspects of development such as development aid, development economics, and human rights. As I gain a deeper understanding of these issues, I can also refine my quantitative and analytical skills to equip myself to address the problems of international development upon graduation.

On teamwork at Fletcher: Something that stands out about Fletcher is the teamwork and support that exist between students. I was surprised by the speed with which study groups were formed during the first week of classes, and the students' willingness to help each other achieve better results. Without hesitation, Fletcherites collaborate to solve problem sets, brainstorm policy papers, and prepare presentations. One day I benefit from other students' rich experiences and perspectives, while the next day I can be a tutor or support for others. This dynamic extends beyond the classroom to lunches in Mugar, study breaks in the Hall of Flags, and social hour. Even though we are a chatty and lively bunch, people really take time to listen to each others' experiences and learn from one other.

Favorite magazine:

The Economist

Favorite food:

Bacalhau A Gomes De Sa

Favorite musician:

Bruce Springsteen

Favorite City:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Favorite place you’ve visited:

Iguazu Waterfalls, Brazil

Fields of Study

  • Public and NGO Management
  • Human Security

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Writing Tutor at Fletcher Graduate Writing Program
  • DREAM Program Partner
  • Time Management and Study Strategy Consultant at the Academic Resource Center
  • International Development Group

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Government, Dartmouth College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Summer Intern with the Lesotho Team Partners In Health Boston, MA

  • Assistant Attache, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, New York, NY


  • Swedish
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

Human Rights Watch - Americas Division, New York, NY
My day-to-day tasks consisted of doing research for and monitoring press releases, updating sections in the World Report, conducting security coverage during field mission, helping with follow-up research from visits/projects, compiling statistics on violence and human rights abuses in states of interest, writing memos on emerging topics, and doing quick fact research. I also conducted some longer-term projects that focused on mapping the nature and extent of human rights abuses.